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Baby Fever

When you look at the photo associated with this post, what do you think? “Mmmmm… fresh homemade Challah bread.” That would be the logical thing to think, now wouldn’t it? When I took this bread out of the oven today, do you know the first thing I thought of? “Oh… it looks like a little newborn baby all swadled up burrito style.”

It is official everyone… I have baby fever.

I know! You thought after this incident, that baby fever wouldn’t hit again, didn’t you? Reading through that post from that awful day, I am honestly amazed by it myself. Then you thought, “Oh, her kids are getting a bit older now, things are running fairly smoothly these days… she can get out of the house without a diaper bag full of the necessities for a newborn. She gets to sleep through the night… no nursing sessions every 2 hours each and every day. Why would she want to add another baby into the mix to just cause chaos in her already semi-chaotic world?” Yeah, exactly. You are so right. I should listen to you more often.

But, you know what, it is still there and it isn’t going away.

A special thanks for starting this whole fever goes out to you, you, you and you know what… I’m even blaming you a bit just because my Ella was born on the same day as Shiloh, and here you are going and having more babies. It also doesn’t help matters that Ella is at about the cutest stage of life ever… well, minus the humongous fits and incredibly strong personality… she really is doing some adorable things these days. Really, she is… trust me.

There was a reason we have been getting rid of all of our baby stuff the second Ella grows out of it… my husband is 100%, completely and totally happy to have three kids. It is probably a good thing he doesn’t read my blog or I imagine I would be padlocked away in a room somewhere until I reached menopause.

Tomorrow, I am sure I’ll change my mind. Someone will puke on my head, we will have a grocery store meltdown, or even worse… the children will eat all the bread that I made and I won’t get a single bite. Oh, wait! That did happen. In fact, it happend tonight with my little bambino loaf of Challah bread. I took the bread out of the oven, had one tiny nibble while it was still hot (because I personally can’t contain myself when it comes to waiting for bread to cool), left for a two hour meeting and came back to no bread. Not even a single crumb. Hubby placed blame on the kids, which I am not completely buying, but I do bet those little selfish creatures had a lot to do with it.

Well, guess what. Baby fever is officially out the window. I can share my body, I can share my life… I can even get through diaper bags, 2am feedings, grocery store meltdowns, puking on the head, etc., but I draw the line at sharing food with one more person in this family. So, back off baby thoughts, the next loaf is mine. All mine.

Braided Bread Machine Challah (from Recipezaar)

45 min | 15 min prep

1 loaf

  1. Place ingredients into bread machine according to manufacturers directions.
  2. Set on dough cycle.
  3. Place dough onto a lightly floured board and divide into three equal parts.
  4. Stretch or roll each part into 9″ ropes and braid.
  5. Place on greased cookie sheet, cover and let rise for about 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°.
  7. Mix together one egg yolk and a tablespoon of water and brush over bread, then sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds, if desired.
  8. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Cool on wire rack.

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  1. haha! i said ‘little baby bundle’ too!

    Jaden, Steamy Kitchens last blog post..Xiao Long Bao – Shanghai Steamed Soup Dumplings

  2. Oh it looks wonderful and I bet the kids loved it.

    I love that it is bread machine as I am a bread machine addict.

    Sue (coffeepot)s last blog post..Independence Days Update

  3. The bread does look like a baby…but to me it appears to be a cocoon where a butterfly will emerge…no baby thoughts here… my daughter is now 21…wink…wink:D

    Bellini Vallis last blog post.."New to Me" Potato Salad

  4. What a lovely loaf of challah. My kids would kill me if I hid it from them… good luck on that one and enjoy :-)

    Alexas last blog post..Candied Orange Muffins with Rosemary

  5. That looks absolutely perfect! I wish I were the kids!

  6. hey, now! i don’t make these babies….i just photograph them. next time i shoot a newborn i’m sure i’ll refer to her as a little loaf of challah and my client will look at me like, WHUUUUUUT? and then i can blame YOU! :o)

  7. Having my third child almost sent me over the edge – I was ready to run away from home and never come back. And when I found out that #4 was on the way (um…don’t send the kids packing to grammie’s when you’re fertile) I was terrified. But now, he’s almost 6 months old and you know what? Four is *much* easier than three. :) And as happy as I am that he’s our last baby, I’ve actually found myself crying over the fact that he *is* my last baby (apparently I’ve already forgotten about my delivery and recovery…both of which were less than fun)

    Ginas last blog post..Operation Baking GALS

  8. Look at that beautiful challah – and made by gentile hands, no less! (Ummm, calling it “challah bread” was a dead giveaway…it’s simply “challah.” Delicious, doughy, infant-like challah. Nice job!)

  9. This blog post could not come at a more appropriate time for me. First of all, lovely challah! Secondly, I’m expecting a new niece or nephew any minute now (my sister in law’s due date was yesterday) so I’ve got babies on the brain as well! I can’t wait for the phone call but maybe I should prepare some baby challah to bring over first! :)

    Hillarys last blog post..We’re on So Good Blog!

  10. WOW, you have been busy! I haven’t been in here in awhile and it was nice to catch up. The recycling, cakes, mac and cheese, the baby challah and so much more! :)

    Gigis last blog post..Milk Chocolate-Malt Ice Cream

  11. Oh god, I love LOVE LOVE Challah bread! I used to eat it all the time when I lived in NYC and now that I’m in California, I don’t get as much (it’s more of a Sourdough state). I’m going to definitely try this recipe out!

    :)s last blog post..Scandanavian food: Copenhagen

  12. Yep, baby fever, that comes and goes around here. I seem to be the only one affected by it though. lol! I’ve never made Challah before, it looks fabulous, I really have to try it. :)

    LyBs last blog post..Tuesdays With Dorie – Summer Fruit Galette

  13. maybe if you took another look at that challah photo, you’d see that it’s not a baby at all, but a lightbulb, or a hot air balloon, or an ice cream. see? you had it wrong all along! :)

    Marnis last blog post..Fruit Squares

  14. Your post reminds me of that guy in Austin Powers.
    “Looks like a baby. Get in my belly.”

    Judes last blog post..Chicken Adobo in Coconut Milk

  15. Such a cute post! Challah is my all time favorite bread. I LOVE it!

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